For as long as I can remember, I have saved treasured cards in a box for my viewing pleasure. In fact, from every stationary set I have filled with words, I have always kept one blank piece just because I thought it was pretty. I have even saved gift paper from time to time. What can I say? I love paper. I love color + texture, pattern + shine. But above all, I love cards because they are like miniature works of art.
There's more to it than something aesthetically pleasing though. Greeting cards + social stationary have a deeper meaning that only the writer + the recipient can truly understand. If you think about it, these small, printed pieces of paper given at special occasions - or just because - help us preserve the precious memories that make up our lives.Pictured below are a few cards from milestones in my life, both small + large. From a handmade valentine gifted to me by my best friend, Meg, a congratulatory / we are going to miss you card signed by a close group of friends before I moved to San Diego, to birthday cards picked out by my younger siblings + everything in between. I have to say though, the cards that mean the most to me are ones that the card giver wrote their own message in. You know the kind - blank cards. Blank cards can have any meaning you want them to + offer up more creativity than predetermined messages. One of my most treasured cards I have ever received is from my dad. When I graduated college, he handed me a small white envelope after the ceremony. Once opened, I pulled out a card that had an illustration of a rocket in space on it. The inside contained nothing but his handwriting + the printing done by the publisher on the back side of the card was evidence that it came from a pack with others just like it. This leads me to believe that my dad grabbed a card from whatever was lying around his house (because let’s face it, guys never plan these things out + with two kids, this design was a reasonable thing to have on hand) + he wrote a heartfelt, customized message that perfectly reflected what I was celebrating in addition to conveying an entirely new message based on the artwork. How creative is that?Are you like me in that you save special cards from loved ones? If so, what occasion were they for or were they given just because? I’d love to hear your experience about the art form of social stationary, so please share!